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By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent | April 27, 2012
Smithsburg's starting trio of attackmen did what they were supposed to do Friday night: Attack. Dillan Harbuagh, Kevin Grimm and Josh Thomas each scored two goals for the Leopards as Smithsburg edged North Hagerstown in a 7-5 victory. In a closely contested game, the Hubs had opportunities to take a late lead, but squandered them away with a few untimely gaffes. “We made some mistakes that cost us,” North coach Hammond Umer said. “When you play Smithsburg, you have to play nearly perfect.” One of the costly mistakes occurred late in the fourth quarter with the Hubs trailing 6-5. A blown slide assignment allowed Smithsburg's Grimm to score his second goal of the game, sealing the win for the Leopards.
EDUCATION
February 26, 2012
Washington County Public Schools will present the 2012 Solo and Ensemble Festival for wind, brass, percussion and string instruments Saturday, March 3, at North Hagerstown High School. Students who have already registered will be adjudicated on their overall performance and musicianship. Instrumentalists performing level-two music or higher who receive a superior rating will qualify for the State Solo and Ensemble.  Parents are welcome to attend but cannot be in the room while the adjudication is taking place.  The event will start at 9 a.m. and conclude around 3 p.m. This is not a competition, but rather a chance for soloists and ensembles to get feedback and helpful ideas about their performances.
EDUCATION
January 27, 2013
Washington County Public Schools will present the 2013 All County Middle and High School Bands and Jazz Ensemble concert Saturday at 7 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School. The guest conductor for the All County Senior High School Band will be Scott Hippensteel of Shepherd University.  David Zerull of Shenandoah University will be the guest conductor for the All County Middle School Band. The All County Senior High School Jazz Ensemble will be conducted by Graham Breedlove of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble.
EDUCATION
May 13, 2012
Students and teachers from across Maryland gave up a Saturday for their love of physics at the annual Physics Olympics at the University of Maryland in College Park. On April 21, three teams from Washington County Public Schools competed in the event, two from Boonsboro High School and one from North Hagerstown High School. It was Boonsboro's 16th consecutive year at the event and North High's first. The Boonsboro White team finished in second place of 18 teams with 271 points (out of a possible 300)
NEWS
January 25, 2012
North Hagerstown High Principal Valerie Novak is retiring from Washington County Public Schools this summer. Novak's retirement, effective July 1, was among the personnel moves approved by the Washington County Board of Education on Jan. 17. Novak said Tuesday that she is in her seventh year as principal at North High. Novak also has been principal at Smithsburg High and Northern Middle. - Julie E. Greene
EDUCATION
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 11, 2012
Duane A. McNairn, a Smithsburg High graduate who is principal at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, will be North Hagerstown High School's next principal. McNairn, 45, who lives in the Hagerstown area, will become North High's principal effective July 1, succeeding Valerie Novak, who is retiring this summer. Novak is in her seventh year as principal at North High. McNairn's transfer to North High was part of a series of personnel moves unanimously approved by the Washington County Board of Education during its May 1 meeting, according to school system documents and a videotape of the meeting.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 7, 2013
North Hagerstown High School graduates stepped into the future Friday at a commencement ceremony marked by happiness, nostalgia, tears and laughter. There was loud applause for the 286 graduates and more than a few whoops of delight from the assorted parents and families cheering them on. Valedictorian Caroline R. Bradford told the graduates to “remember that North High is always with you.” “Remember that, at one point, tying our shoes or learning the alphabet was once a challenge .... ,” she said.
NEWS
March 25, 2012
Washington County Public Schools will hold the Western Maryland Large Ensemble Assessment Festival at North Hagerstown High School on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and at South Hagerstown High School on Wednesday.  The festival will feature and adjudicate music ensembles from every secondary school and a few elementary schools. The schedule is as follows:  • Tuesday - Middle and high school orchestra assessment at North High • Wednesday - Middle school chorus assessment at South High • Thursday - High school band assessment at North High  • Friday - Middle school band assessment at North High Specific times can be found at the board of education website at www.wcps.k12.md.us/depts_programs/fine_arts/index.html .
EDUCATION
April 27, 2013
Three local high school students will attend a leadership camp, sponsored by Rotary Clubs in the Tri-State area. The Rotary Club of Long Meadows is sponsoring Taylor Coombs of North Hagerstown High School, Aaron Anderson of Heritage Academy and Giselle Garnett of North High, to attend Rotary Young Leader Awards at the Juniata College campus in June. Attendees will be trained in leadership skills and group-building exercises. At the completion of the course, the students present a final project to show what they have learned during their four days at camp.
EDUCATION
March 17, 2013
The Carson Scholars Fund has announced the Washington County students who have been named  2013 Carson Scholars.  Each year, the fund recognizes a group of high achieving students in grades four to 11 who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities.  Students receive a $1,000 college scholarship award and the  honor of being named a Carson Scholar.  In addition, students have renewed their Carson Scholar status. The  previous winners have maintained high academic standards and a strong commitment to their communities and are being recognized for their continued efforts.  To celebrate their accomplishments, the Mid-Atlantic scholars will be honored at the 17th annual awards banquet on Sunday, April 7, at Martin's West in Woodlawn, Md.  Newscaster Sam Donaldson will serve as master of ceremonies.  Honored guests include Dr. John Mather, astrophysicist and Nobel Laureate in physics; Matt Stover, former Baltimore Ravens kicker; and Chris Wallace, Emmy Award-winning journalist and Fox News anchor.
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Chad Smith | August 18, 2013
The summer of my freshman year, I was all jacked up because I was looking forward to playing football at North High. My cousin Carlton Gaines had been a standout running back at North and at James Madison University, and I really wanted to do the same thing. The crowd roaring, the girls' attention, and that super-cool letterman's jacket was my dream. Didn't quite work out. My mom thought the game of football was too dangerous a sport for me to play, so the idea got the big nix. I got into wrestling my junior year, and never revisited the idea of football except as a Baltimore Ravens fan when the husband of another one of my cousins, Melissa Gaines, suited up in the Ravens' inaugural year.
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EDUCATION
July 7, 2013
The McDonald's Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., honored 23 regional McDonald's Educates Scholarship winners at an awards ceremony at the Winchester (Va.) Country Club on May 6.  The Washington County winners were Colby Poffenberger of Clear Spring High School, Brian Weyant of Williams-port High, Tanner Faith of Hancock Middle-Senior High School, Nathaniel Parchment of North Hagerstown High, Christopher Resh of Clear Spring High and Conner Troxell of North High. Resh was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 7, 2013
North Hagerstown High School graduates stepped into the future Friday at a commencement ceremony marked by happiness, nostalgia, tears and laughter. There was loud applause for the 286 graduates and more than a few whoops of delight from the assorted parents and families cheering them on. Valedictorian Caroline R. Bradford told the graduates to “remember that North High is always with you.” “Remember that, at one point, tying our shoes or learning the alphabet was once a challenge .... ,” she said.
EDUCATION
April 30, 2013
Distinguished honor roll Grade nine - Cooper O. Allshouse, Conor F. Almoney, Tanner B. Barnett, Brandi M. Binkley, Brandon M. Binkley, Seth M. Brown, Erin G. Caldwell, Kaitlin A. Carpenter, Dylan M. Cline, Bailey M. Covington, Hannah C. Cuthbert, Melissa J. Davis, Martin L. Elliott, Benjamin C. Forrest, Emily N. Gross, Celeste A. Jarvis, Sara R. Jenkins, Sierra J. Jimenez, Brittani A. Jobe, Akhil S. Jonnalagadda, Bogdan S. Kalinovskiy, Natalie...
EDUCATION
April 27, 2013
Three local high school students will attend a leadership camp, sponsored by Rotary Clubs in the Tri-State area. The Rotary Club of Long Meadows is sponsoring Taylor Coombs of North Hagerstown High School, Aaron Anderson of Heritage Academy and Giselle Garnett of North High, to attend Rotary Young Leader Awards at the Juniata College campus in June. Attendees will be trained in leadership skills and group-building exercises. At the completion of the course, the students present a final project to show what they have learned during their four days at camp.
EDUCATION
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | April 26, 2013
North Hagerstown High School senior Heidi Stasiowski warned underclassmen that if they did not work hard in their classes they would regret it by their senior year, which she said she does, at a school assembly in the auditorium Friday morning where seniors shared their post-graduation plans. “I cared about my home life and my social life before my school life,” she told the crowd. Stasiowski, 18, also told them that it is never too late to turn things around, which she said she worked toward doing after taking a college prep class her junior year.
NEWS
Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | April 18, 2013
North High choir to perform Tuesday On Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m., the North Hagerstown High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Curt Shetler, will perform a concert of sacred and spiritual music in the sanctuary at Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road in Hagerstown. Light refreshments will be provided at a brief reception following the performance. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-733-5056.   Spaghetti dinner planned Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship, at 14010 Greencastle Pike in Hagerstown, will hold a spaghetti dinner Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread and beverage.  Tickets cost $7 for adults and $3 for those ages 7 and younger.
EDUCATION
March 17, 2013
The Carson Scholars Fund has announced the Washington County students who have been named  2013 Carson Scholars.  Each year, the fund recognizes a group of high achieving students in grades four to 11 who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities.  Students receive a $1,000 college scholarship award and the  honor of being named a Carson Scholar.  In addition, students have renewed their Carson Scholar status. The  previous winners have maintained high academic standards and a strong commitment to their communities and are being recognized for their continued efforts.  To celebrate their accomplishments, the Mid-Atlantic scholars will be honored at the 17th annual awards banquet on Sunday, April 7, at Martin's West in Woodlawn, Md.  Newscaster Sam Donaldson will serve as master of ceremonies.  Honored guests include Dr. John Mather, astrophysicist and Nobel Laureate in physics; Matt Stover, former Baltimore Ravens kicker; and Chris Wallace, Emmy Award-winning journalist and Fox News anchor.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | March 17, 2013
Aaron Miller has three cherished possessions from his junior year at North Hagerstown High School, including a varsity letter for football. He never played a down or snapped on a helmet as the Hubs rolled to a 9-2 record, including a berth in the Maryland Class 3A playoffs. But he was a driving force behind the team's success. During the first week of practice in mid-August, the offensive and defensive lineman was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and given little chance of survival.  But through a combination of positive thoughts, prayers, treatment, great genetics, a little luck and the drive to play football again, he not only remained involved with the Hubs, but inspired his teammates and an entire school.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 25, 2013
South Hagerstown High School Principal Timothy Dawson, who had been placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 6, resigned his post last Friday for personal reasons, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said Monday. Jeremy Jakoby, whose most recent position was supervisor of testing and accountability in the school system's Central Office, officially reported to South High on Monday as acting principal, Wright said. At the time Dawson was put on leave, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox wrote in an e-mail response to an inquiry from The Herald-Mail that, “Beyond confirming that he is on leave, I am not at liberty to discuss the matter further.” “We don't comment about personnel matters,” Wright said Monday.
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